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Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 34 public bills, H.R. 1868-
1901; and 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 43-46; and H. Res. 246-248 were
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 653, to amend title 5, United States Code, to protect unpaid
interns in the Federal Government from workplace harassment and
discrimination, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-78); and
H.R. 702, to amend the Notification and Federal Employee
Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 to strengthen Federal
antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission and expand accountability within the Federal Government, and
for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-79).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Graves (LA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:45 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Self-Insurance Protection Act--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed
to H. Res. 241, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1304) to
amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public
Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude
from the definition of health insurance coverage certain medical stop-
loss insurance obtained by certain plan sponsors of group health plans,
by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 212, after the
previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 188
nays, Roll No. 211.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the
Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017: Concur in
the Senate amendment to H.R. 353, to improve the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's weather research through a focused program
of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational,
computing, and modeling capabilities to support substantial improvement
in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events,
and to expand commercial opportunities for the provision of weather
Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 1343,
to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules so
as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide
certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans, by a yea-
and-nay vote of 331 yeas to 87 nays, Roll No. 216.
Rejected the Swalwell (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the
Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same
back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of
185 yeas to 228 nays, Roll No. 215.
Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-11 shall be
considered as adopted.
Polis amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115-75) that was offered
and subsequently withdrawn that would have required GAO to report to
Congress one year after date of enactment the impact of the legislation
on employee ownership.
H. Res. 240, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R.
1343) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 177 noes, Roll
No. 214, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote
of 229 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 213.
Pages H2641-47, H2652-53
Senate Referral: S. 89 was held at the desk.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and
subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H2641.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2650-51,
H2651, H2652, H2652-53, H2676-77, and H2677-78. There were no quorum
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:19 p.m.
THE NEXT FARM BILL: COMMODITY POLICY PART II
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and
Risk Management held a hearing entitled “The Next Farm Bill: Commodity
Policy Part II”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
THE NEXT FARM BILL: CREDIT PROGRAMS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy,
and Credit held a hearing entitled “The Next Farm Bill: Credit
Programs”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
EXAMINING FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human
Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled
“Examining Federal Support for Job Training Programs”. Testimony was
heard from public witnesses.
ASSESSING PROGRESS AND IDENTIFYING FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES IN DEFENSE
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Assessing Progress and Identifying Future Opportunities in Defense
Reform”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a markup
on H.R. 1808, the “Improving Support for Missing and Exploited
Children Act of 2017”; and H.R. 1809, the “Juvenile Justice Reform
Act of 2017”. H.R. 1808 and H.R. 1809 were ordered reported, as
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment held a
hearing on a discussion draft of Brownfields Reauthorization. Testimony
was heard from public witnesses.
CYBERSECURITY IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR: STRENGTHENING PUBLIC-PRIVATE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and
Investigations held a hearing entitled “Cybersecurity in the Health
Care Sector: Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships”. Testimony was
heard from public witnesses.
EXAMINING THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S MANDATE AND GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and
Trade held a hearing entitled “Examining the Federal Reserve's Mandate
and Governance Structure”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
INCREASING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NON-NUCLEAR SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and
Trade; and Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance held a joint
hearing entitled “Increasing the Effectiveness of Non-Nuclear
Sanctions Against Iran”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
DEFEATING A SOPHISTICATED AND DANGEROUS ADVERSARY: ARE THE NEW BORDER
SECURITY TASK FORCES THE RIGHT APPROACH?
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Border and Maritime
Security held a hearing entitled “Defeating a Sophisticated and
Dangerous Adversary: Are the New Border Security Task Forces the Right
Approach?”. Testimony was heard from Rebecca Gambler, Director,
Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office;
and the following officials from the Department of Homeland Security:
Vice Admiral Karl Schultz, Director, Joint Task Force East; Paul
Beeson, Director, Border Patrol, Joint Task Force West; and Janice
Ayala, Director, Joint Task Force--Investigations, Homeland
Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
OVERSIGHT OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND THE BUREAU OF
ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland
Security, and Investigations held a hearing entitled “Oversight of the
Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms, and Explosives”. Testimony was heard from Thomas E. Brandon,
Acting Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives;
and Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, Drug Enforcement
FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS ON PUBLIC COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil
Justice held a hearing entitled “First Amendment Protections on Public
College and University Campuses”. Testimony was heard from public
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans
held a hearing on H.R. 220, to authorize the expansion of the existing
Terror Lake hydroelectric project, and for other purposes; H.R. 1411,
the “Transparent Summer Flounder Quotas Act”; and a discussion draft
of the “Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development
Act”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS AT ATF AND DEA
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a
hearing entitled “Use of Confidential Informants at ATF and DEA”.
Testimony was heard from Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General,
Department of Justice; Robert Patterson, Acting Principal Deputy
Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Ronald B. Turk,
Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
REVIEWING FEDERAL IT WORKFORCE CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on
Information Technology held a hearing entitled “Reviewing Federal IT
Workforce Challenges and Possible Solutions”. Testimony was heard from
Nick Marinos, Assistant Director, Information Technology, Government
Accountability Office; and public witnesses.
BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AMERICA: ENABLING INNOVATION
IN THE NATIONAL AIRSPACE
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on
Aviation held a hearing entitled “Building a 21st Century
Infrastructure for America: Enabling Innovation in the National
Airspace”. Testimony was heard from Shelley J. Yak, Director, William
J. Hughes Technical Center, Federal Aviation Administration; and public
AUTHORIZATION OF COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast
Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing entitled
“Authorization of Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs”.
Testimony was heard from Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, U.S.
Coast Guard; Master Chief Steven W. Cantrell, Master Chief Petty
Officer, U.S. Coast Guard; Michael A. Khouri, Acting Chairman, Federal
Maritime Commission; and Joel Szabat, Executive Director, in lieu of
the Administrator, Maritime Administration.
AN ASSESSMENT OF ONGOING CONCERNS AT THE VETERANS CRISIS LINE
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“An Assessment of Ongoing Concerns at the Veterans Crisis Line”.
Testimony was heard from Michael J. Missal, Inspector General,
Department of Veterans Affairs; Steve Young, Deputy Undersecretary for
Operations and Management, Veterans Health Administration, Department
of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.
ASSESSING VA APPROVED APPRAISERS AND HOW TO IMPROVE THE PROGRAM FOR THE
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
held a hearing entitled “Assessing VA Approved Appraisers and How to
Improve the Program for the 21st Century”. Testimony was heard from
Jeffrey London, Director, Loan Guaranty Service, Veterans Benefits
Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
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